Nancy Beiman Animator
Nancy Beiman received a BFA in Film and Character Animation with the first graduating class in the California Institute of the Arts’ Character Animation Program and was the recipient of a four-year Disney Fellowship Grant provided by the Disney family. She was hired before her graduation to design, animate, and storyboard television commercials for Jack Zander’s famous New York studio. Since then, Nancy has produced, directed, designed, storyboarded, and animated on television commercials, specials, features, and new media in five different countries and produced two independent short films, YOUR FEET’S TOO BIG and THE OTHER EDEN.
She has ‘performed’ as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Snoopy, Winnie the Pooh and other famous characters for The Walt Disney Company, Warner Brothers Animation, and Bill Melendez Productions. Nancy cofounded Caged Beagle Animation with partner Dean Yeagle; was a supervising animator for Amblimation Animation Studio’s first feature film, AN AMERICAN TAIL: FIEVEL GOES WEST; directed and storyboarded for Warner Brothers Animation in New York and was a supervising animator for The Walt Disney Company on A GOOFY MOVIE, HERCULES, and TREASURE PLANET. She directed animated sequences for new media projects at Philips Sidewalk Studio including THE CRAYON FACTORY, a cautionary tale about big business, and SURF CITY, which used the music of the Beach Boys.
Nancy drew storyboards and designed characters for feature films at Gerhard Hahn Filmproduktion (Berlin), Warner Brothers Television animation, and the Walt Disney Company.
Nancy was nominated for an Annie for individual achievement in storyboard for LITTLE ANGELITA, produced at Walt Disney Television Animation.
Nancy wrote articles and interviews for Jud Hurd’s CARTOONIST PROfiles magazine for fifteen years and also interviewed and corresponded with noted animators on her own initiative. Some of these interviews appear in print for the first time in ANIMATED PERFORMANCE.
Nancy began teaching animation at the college level in 2000 and discovered a new career that continues to fascinate her. In 2007 she received her MFA in Design with a major in Computer Graphics from the Rochester Institute of Technology where she taught Animation, Animation History, Gesture Drawing, Storyboard, Character Design, and Layout classes for four years.
In 2008 Nancy began teaching Storyboard classes at The Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville, Canada, where she works and resides today.
Her first book, PREPARE TO BOARD! Creating Story and Characters for Animated Features and Shorts, (Focal Press, 2007) has been adopted as a standard text by many animation schools and has recently been translated into Chinese. Nancy continues to act as advisor to professional and student animators around the world. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the National Cartoonists Society.